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ABOUT XDS


As we strive to continuously advance external development for the video game industry, we have made the difficult, yet right decision to adapt 2020’s XDS event into a fully virtual experience in this ever changing landscape. Click here to learn more about this transition. 

Established in 2013, External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization.

XDS gathers hundreds of international attendees from over 45 countries to advance the practice of external development for the games industry with three days of structured networking in Vancouver, Canada, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. XDS is considered to be a professionals-only event.

From the first keynote to the final remarks, XDS focuses on four core values:

  • Knowledge Sharing
  • B2B Networking
  • Collaboration
  • Industry Stewardship

Who attends XDS?

As a professionals-only event, XDS attendees include a concentrated group of game developers, service providers, and middleware providers from over 45 countries. Individuals in attendance are the influencers and decision makers for external development for their respective organizations. XDS aims to maintain a balanced ratio of 50/50 buyers to sellers.

Developers/
Publishers

Companies that exclusively develop their own IP, and/or publish games. These companies are clients to Service Providers.

NOTE: Does not include Service Providers that develop their own IP.

Service Providers

A 3rd party company that provides work-for-hire or full SKU development services for clients.

NOTE: It is possible these companies also develop their own IP, however they are still considered to be in the Service Provider category.

Middleware Providers

A 3rd party company that provides tools and technologies that support the practice of external development.

Could include tools for remote review, communication, project management, file transfer, etc.

XDS will consider attendance from others, including those from the media, film, TV and animation. Email info@xdsummit.com for more information.

XDS Lifetime Achievements

125%

Growth in Attendance

9800

Contacts & Followers

$67K

Donated to Charitable Initiatives

4Years

Tickets Sold Out

14400

B2B Meetings

Latest Blogs &
News Event

XDS20 Adapt Table-Topics, Presented by Room 8 GroupSep
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XDS20 Adapt Table-Topics, Presented by Room 8 Group

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XDS20 Adapt Pledges $15,000 to Aid <br> Software Development for Gamers with DisabilitiesSep
23rd
News | XDS Gives Back

XDS20 Adapt Pledges $15,000 to Aid
Software Development for Gamers with Disabilities

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XDS Webinar Series

As we strive to continuously advance external development for the games industry, we look for new and interesting ways to share expert knowledge. XDS Webinar Series offers presentations from games industry professionals sharing invaluable insights from either a Developer/Publisher or Service Provider perspective.